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I~esSive, Record. Reporter Fishing Wednesday, April 25, 2001 I Photo coufles] of Plumas Pines Realty angler lands a fish. Because of less precipitation this winter, fishing will be season,t t may taler iat ImamlrP ....... With a twinge of anxiety about impending summer and fall water conditions, the Department of Fish and Game's Region 1 office today predicted excellent opportuni- ties for anglers taking advan- tage of the April 28 and May 26 opening weekends for stream trout fishing. "Overall, water and fishing conditions should be great in the early part of the season," said DFG Lt. Ken Taylor, whose patrol territory covers much of eastern Shasta County. Under regulations modified in recent years to offer addi- tional protection to salmonid species, April 28 will launch the stream trout fishing sea- son in Region One's share of the Sierra District--except for a sliver of the state's northeast- ern corner--and on a passel of higher elevation streams of the North Coast District beyond the reach of salmon and steel- head. The May 26 opener will kick off stream fishing in the remainder of the region's Sierra District and on North Coast District streams that flow into and north of Humboldt Bay and that are outside of the Klamath-Trinity river drainage's anadromous fish zone. Tributaries to Lake Almanor in Plumas County and those in Lassen and Modoc counties east of Highway 395 and north of Clarks Valley Road also do not open until May 26. The north coast streams set to open May 26 are closed to fishing beginning Nov. 1, carry a bag limit of either two or zero trout--the latter, catch-and-release waters--and require use of artificial lures with barbless hooks. Most of the streams have populations of coastal cutthroat trout, the DFG said. With some exceptions, streams opening April 28 have a daily bag limit of five trout, a possession limit of 10 and remain open through Nov. 15. Most lakes and reservoirs in the eight-county Region 1 are open year around under a five-trout daily and l'0-trout" possession limit, the DFG said. Exceptions include the lakes of Fall River Valley, which open April 26, and famed Eagle Lake in Lassen County, which opens May 26. Anglers should consult the DFG's free "Sport Fishing" reg- ulation booklet to learn ff the water they intend to fish car- ries its own special fishing rules. Such exceptions are found within the booklet's alphabetical listing of waters. Daily fishing hours for trout run from an hour before sun- rise to an hour after sunset. Anglers must possess a valid 2001 fishing license, this year costing $29.40 for residents. Fish and Game's Redding office said Mt. Shasta, Darrah Springs and Crystal Lake trout hatcheries plan to have 56 north state streams and lakes stocked with an estimated 103,720 sport-sized trout in time for the April 28 opening. The fish plants will continue well into the fall, with a total of 732,300 fish planted in a total of 85 waters by season's end. The "roadside" hatchery trout plants supplement exten- sive wild trout populations found in hundreds of miles of Region 1 streams, the DFG said. The eight- county region has an estimated 4,000 miles of streams, including salmon and steelhead waters not planted with trout. For the counties of Shasta, Tehama, Trinity, Siskiyou, Modoc and Lassen, anglers can learn each Friday which waters have been planted that week by calling a recorded message at 530-225-2146. The first weekly recording will be made May 4. could, however, change things in a hurry, the DFG said. In about half of the years past, such spring storms have accel- erated stream flows and decel- erated trout hookups for open- ing weekend. On the flip side, Fish and Game is a little concerned about how well stream trout populations--and those of salmon and steelhead, too-- will fare in late summer and fall because of a low snow pack in many mountain areas and because of generally poor pre- cipitation in areas such as the northeastern Great Basin habitats. "Lassen and Modoc counties received less than 50 percent of normal precipitation this year and, as a result, most trout streams will not be up to their usual standing," said Paul Chappell, DFG fishery biolo- gist in the northeast. Chappell said streams such as the Susan River, Goodrich Creek, Ash Creek and Clear Creek are expected to have acceptable flows--and good plants of trout--early, but fade fast as the spring turns to sum- mer. "Both Goodrich Creek and the Susan River below McCoy Flat Reservoir, had very low flows during the latter part of last year and this year looks no different," said warden Lisa Stone. Fish and Game said the April 28 opening weekend will turn anglers loose on some of the finest trout waters found in the west--including official- ly designated wild trout waters such as lower Hat Creek, Fall River, the upper Klamath River above Copco Lake and sections of the McCloud River below McCloud Reservoir. Other streams, such as the upper Sacramento River above Shasta Lake--now 10 years removed from its deadly 1991 chemical spill--offer a mix of hatchery and wild fish. Whether officially a wild trout water or not, many streams carry special bag or gear Fish and Game's Region 1 office said a sub-par winter in many areas of the north state has left streams such as the upper Sacramento and McCloud rivers in excellent condition for the two opening weekends--unlike heavy win- ters that often find streams running high and roily during the early portion of the season. a.t~ "~ -t~,,'~ restrictions, m" both. L 1 or May .... ,,'.?,-, ~,: r-~: ,-, ,:~.~.:~'~- °~- . , ' ~,-::~ "A people without children would face a hopeless future; A country without trees is almost as hopeless..." -- Theodore Roosevelt i2% are managed by the U.S. Forest Service, while _ rs. Thousands of private individuals own l ublic entities owning the remaining timberlands. Forests PrOducts and a of of trees where needed. In many 30 million seedlings annually. The Plumas/Sierra Arbor Day Committee will again be discussing the importance of trees to all of us and to the world around us as well as handing out seedlings to the elementary students of Plumas and Sierra Counties to plant. Trees habitat areas, etc.) or non-productive forestlands which is land not capable of growing at least 20 cubic feet of wood annually. A closer look at California's commercial forestlands, shows that approximately 20% are managed by industrial about 26% of this commercial forestland with Conifer and hardwood forests make-up approximately 1/3 of [--Provide California's 101 million acres Commercial timberlands account for [,, Beauty about 16 million acres wi " " • stlands classified as either • th the remaining fore • [• Carbon Storage product|ve reserve (2 6 dudes parks, wilderness • million acres which in [• Forest diversity areas, botanical areas, special wildlife • Forest Products : • Foundation for a sustainable provide a variety of benefits to all us including clean air and water, beautiful scenery, range resources, recreational opportunities, and wildlife & their habitats. Management forest resources under a sustained yield basis takes on many forms depending upon objectives, forest productivity, and state & federal laws. It involves many different variety of on-the-ground activities which balance wise land-use and conservation. The California's forests occurs through natural tree regeneration or through years, California's forestry professionals California's forests...Here today, Here tomorrow, Here forever! each Californian uses wood and paper that are the equivalent of one 100 foot tree Using sustainable forest management, our Will continue to provide us with a variety of and guarantees a balance between grown and wood fiber harvested over California Forest Practice Act which 'is con- the most stringent in the nation requires sus- forestry management. wood products are recyclable, and as well as take less energy to produce aluminum or steel. economy • Fruit • Heat, energy • Human habitat • Oxygen recycling • Windbreaks • Wildlife, insect, and fish habitat • Shade • Soil stabilization • Water recycling 2001 Plumas/Sierra California Dept. of Forestry & Fire Protection California Women in Timber --Quincy Chapter Collins Pine Company Feather Publishing Company Folchi Logging & Construction Forest Stationers Jim Froome Logging Graeagle Land & Water Company Holt Logging Impact Resources Jim Marty--Consulting Forester Medici Logging Arbor Day Contributors- Thanks! Pew Forest Products Reed Redwood Setzer Foundation Sierra Pacific Industries Dan Smith Financial Services Soper-Wheeler Company Peter Thill-Consulting Forester U.C. Cooperative Extension U.S.ES.-13eckwourth R.D., Plumas N.K U.S.ES.-Mt. Hough R.D., Plumas N.E U.S.ES.--Sierraville R.D., Tahoe N.E Brian & Tracie Wayland Windward Forestry Special Thanks to Plumas and Sierra County School administrators, teachers, staff& students as well as to the many local foresters and natural resource professionals who are donating their hard work and time to make the 2000 Plumas/Sierra Arbor Day Celebration a success/ A very special thanks to the California Women in Timber--Quincy Chapter for their assistance with Plumas/Sierra Arbor Day! _______.a